Last week international health and development partners gathered in Abuja to celebrate the Population Council’s 10th anniversary in Nigeria and recognize the organization’s contributions to improving the health and well-being of Nigerians.
New research presented by the Population Council shows that programs that educate girls, teach them about their rights and build skills for modern livelihoods can reduce the likelihood of child marriage by up to one-third in Bangladesh. This is the first rigorously evaluated study to provide evidence on approaches to delay child marriage in a region where two out of three girls is married before the legal age of 18.
The Population Council mourns the passing of Willard (Ward) Cates Jr., MD, MPH, a long-time friend of the Council and President Emeritus and Distinguished Scientist of FHI360.
Population Council President Julia Bunting recently visited the Reproductive Health Unit (R3M) of the La General Hospital in Ghana to learn more about the country’s efforts to integrate reproductive health into the national health delivery system. The Hospital was founded by the Population Council and Ipas in 2008.
NEW YORK (16 March 2016) — The Population Council announces the appointment of two new board members: Dr. Jeffrey M. Spieler, an internationally recognized reproductive health expert with over four decades of experience in the field, and Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
In partnership with Bayer, the Population-Council-led Evidence Project has launched a package of health information materials designed specifically for the workplace. Many workplaces depend on local public health departments or NGO partners for materials, and often when supplies run out, it is very difficult to obtain more. In order to address these issues, the Evidence Project and Bayer, designed the new materials to be easily accessible and easy to print at the workplace. These materials will also be adapted for mobile use making them accessible to those who use their smart phones to get information.
Today there are close to 515 million in the developing world. Fifteen years ago, the Population Council’s landmark publication, The Uncharted Passage, demonstrated the key role these girls play in the health and development of their families, communities, and the world. The book also documented a gap in knowledge about girls’ lives and a lack of thoughtful evidence-based programs. The Council’s contributions galvanized efforts to gather evidence on ways to empower girls and enhance their lives.